As many of you know this is a subject that is near to my heart and I could debate about it regularly, I am very happy to see that someone in our government is going after BIG COAL, I do not care about their political affiliation, D or R makes no difference to me. This is a known fact,, there is no such thing as “Clean Coal”. OK, so you sequester the gasses and pump them into the ground,,UMM…what happens to our
water then?, what if it escapes in the future and is released in massive quantities? Sequestration is not a viable option at this time in my opinion. What we need is reduction in emissions, and that is exactly what this article is about.
Unfortunately, we all need electricity and about 95% of all coal mined in this and other countries is used for electricity generation. I hear many folks that are very much into alternative energy generation, and that are well meaning, tell me “Go Solar/Wind/Hydro/Nuclear and reduce our dependence on foreign oil” ,the problem with that statement is oil is a transportation fuel, not an electricity generation fuel. That’s right 85% of oil is used for transportation that needs to be addressed too, but that is a whole different article! By all means we should be implementing as many renewable energy options as we can, I wouldn’t be in the renewable’s industry if I didn’t think that way. It is by far the best way to eliminate our dependence on DOMESTIC COAL!
In closing let me say, “If you want to reduce our dependence on foreign oil ..ride a bike or walk, but if you want to reduce the ravages of domestic coal on our people and planet get renewable energy as soon as possible”.
Peace and Prosperity,
Rich @ NY Homesteader
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Senators Go Straight at Coal in The Clean Air Act Amendments of 2010
Some leading businesses, Hollywood, Obama, and the public are putting the pressure on Congress to move forward with a comprehensive climate and clean energy bill, but while we wait on that, some Senators have decided to tackle some specific coal pollutants that cost the American public trillions of dollars in healthcare costs, hundreds of thousands of lives, and great human suffering every year in another way.
12 Democratic, Republican and Independent Senators have just put forth “The Clean Air Act Amendments of 2010” to protect countless Americans who are being harmed by extremely toxic coal emissions everyday.
Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) introduced the bill last Thursday and got 10 other senators from across the political spectrum to co-sponsor it.
“215,000 lives and more than $2 trillion in health care costs [would be saved] by 2025, by cleaning the air and thereby reducing Americans’ likelihood of suffering from chronic lung disease, asthma, or lung cancer” from these Clean Air Act ammendments, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates. (emphasis mine)
186 million Americans live in areas where air pollution endangers lives, according to the American Lung Association. As a result of this and other factors, the US is now ranked 61st internationally (down from 39th) in overall “environmental performance”. In other words, our environmental quality of life has diminished significantly compared to other nations.
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